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At a Glance: Columbus

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Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 8:31 AM ET / Preview
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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At a Glance: Columbus

DETROIT – The Columbus Blue Jackets are scheduled to arrive in town today where they are expected to meet their new general manager.

Hired on Feb. 13 as the third GM in club history, Jarmo Kekalainen, was to fly to the United States and rendezvous with his new team in the Motor City on Wednesday. The 46-year-old former GM of Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League is awaiting final approval on a work visa, which is expected to be completed soon.

Valtteri Filppula is very familiar with the Jackets’ new GM, who signed the Red Wings’ forward during the NHL lockout. Also on this year’s Jokerit team are Filppula’s brother, Ilari, and Red Wings’ top prospect Teemu Pulkkinen. Forward Ben Eaves, brother of Patrick Eaves, was also on the roster earlier in the year.

Plenty of work lies ahead for Kekalainen, who must sort out the Blue Jackets’ inconsistency this season. The worst team in the league, with a 4-10-2 record, Columbus, understandably so, is also near the bottom of the league’s power play efficiency list (13.3 percent), though they’re in middle of the road on the penalty kill (81.2 percent).

Only four Blue Jackets’ regulars – Jared Boll (+4), Nick Foligno (+2), Derek MacKenzie (+1) and Mark Letestu (+1) – are on the positive side of the plus/minus rating.

It’s the third of five meetings between these Central Division rivals, but the first at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings and Blue Jackets battled twice in the first two weeks of the season. Detroit eked out a 4-3 shootout win on Jan. 21, and Columbus claimed a 4-2 victory on Feb. 2. Both games were at Nationwide Arena.

James Wisniewski
Defense - CBJ
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 7
SOG: 24 | +/-: -4
PLAYER TO WATCH

D JAMES WISNIEWSKI – The Canton, Mich., native returned to the Blue Jackets’ lineup on Monday following the birth of his daughter last weekend. Wisniewski has three goals and seven points this season, where he’s mainly been partner with former Michigan defenseman Jack Johnson. However, the two offensive-minded partners were recently split up and aligned with more defensive-thinking defensemen, though the two will likely continue to work the point together on the power pay. Still, expect to see Wisniewski playing alongside John Moore, and Johnson with veteran Adrian Aucoin when the team is at full strength. … Thursday’s game at The Joe will be Wisniewski’s 25th career game against Detroit. He’s produced three goals and seven points against the Red Wings. He’s also collected 38 penalty minutes against his hometown team, his highest total among all NHL clubs.

NUMEROLOGY

Season Series: 1-1-0

2011-12 Season Series: 4-2-0

All-Time Series Season: 50-14-1-6

Columbus’ Season Record: 4-10-2

Top Scorer vs. Red Wings: Fedor Tyutin – 3 Assists in 2 Games.

Red Wings’ Top Scorer – Niklas Kronwall – 3 Assists in 2 Games.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80